LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for next Wednesday 9 March

Sidy Sarr, in trouble with an ankle, remained in care this Wednesday (Photo Anthony Maurin).

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

Martinez and Sarr in care. There were 23 players who took part in training at La Bastide this morning. A morning devoted to intensity, tactics and attack 8 against 6. However, the group was not complete as six elements were missing. Among the absentees were Anthony Briançon, still in the rehabilitation phase, Enzo Philibert, in the recovery phase, Mahamadou Doucouré, victim of a small tear in his calf and Lucas Dias, who gradually resumed the competition. The infirmary also welcomed captain Pablo Martinez, who had to rest on Saturday due to a minor groin and Sidy Sarr injured in an ankle with the reserve in N3 (2-1 win against Stade Beaucairois). For these last two cities, their availability for Saturday’s race in Le Havre (7 p.m.) is not yet under discussion. The group from Nîmes was joined this morning by the young ex Lyonnais Pierre Rothacher (18 years) and Arthur Pontet (20 years) and the former Croco Nicolas Benezet.

For Nicolas Usaï, the maintenance of Nîmes Olympique is not yet assured (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Guardiola inspires Usai. The coach of Nîmes Olympique focuses on the mission he is assigned to: keep his team in Ligue 2. With 13 points won in 8 matches, the technician is on track to reach his goal. The NO is now eighth in L2 with 36 points, ie eight better than Grenoble’s play-off, all eleven days before the end of the championship. When the atmosphere is not worrying, Nicolas Usaï focuses on maintaining and the symbolic bar of forty points. † I read an interview with Pep Guardiola who won his first leg of 16 in the Champions League 5-0 in Lisbon but who before tonight’s return believes that nothing is over explained the Nîmes coach who tries to explain to his players that in football nothing is won until the game is over. Conclusion if Sporting Lisbon win 6-0 at Manchester City, the NO coach will use it to achieve the goal of maintaining.


Beaten in Lisbon, Mickaël Guigou and the Nîmes play in Slovenia in the round of 16 (photo Anthony Maurin)

To SloveniaAlthough the Nîmes were defeated at Sporting Lisbon (32-30) yesterday, they were confident they would finish at the top of their group, so the loss on Lusitanian soil is of no consequence. The challenge of the evening was to know USAM’s future opponent in the round of 16 of the European competition. Although we could expect the Spaniards of Logroño La Rioja, in the end it will be the RK Gorenje Velenje who will be against the Green team. The Slovenians have come a long way in this competition since, almost condemned, they have won their last three group matches with one goal each and taken fourth place in Group C. For the first time in their history, Nîmes will play in Slovenia on March 29 before the return leg on April 5 in Parnassus. Looking further into the competition, in the case of qualification in the quarter-finals, USAM will face the winner of Toulouse – Benfica. Meeting the Lisboètes in the European Cup would bring back great memories of Nîmes’ oldest supporters who will surely remember this famous USAM – Benfica played in the round of 16 of the Champions Cup in the arenas of Nîmes. A meeting remained etched in my memory 32 years later.


On Sunday, the Nîmes will be supported by 400 soldiers (photo Yannick Pons)

Well armed for the shockOn the occasion of the 19and day of the first federal division, the Rugby Club Nîmes welcomes the Sporting Club de Pamiers this Sunday at 3.30 pm in the Nicolas-Kaufmann stadium. This encounter is the shock of the weekend as it will be the first (RCN) against the second (Pamiers). Leading by six points over the Ariègeois, the Nîmes will have the chance to give themselves a crippling lead in a win. The Gardois will be able to count on the support of more than 400 soldiers of the 6and light armored brigade, the 530and train regiment and 2and foreign infantry regiment. From the morning a national defense awareness day will be organized and the soldiers can present their profession. They will also participate in a sevens rugby tournament. It is General Éric Ozanne who will kick off the clash Nîmes – Pamiers and finally in the stands the atmosphere will be provided by the fanfare of 503and train regiment based in Garons.